The enveloping haze is gone. Welcome to old friends: cloudy skies, showery forecasts and morning fleece.
After more than a week of curtailed exercise, uncomfortable breathing and fever dreams of future disasters, Seattle has returned to cloudy skies, showery forecasts and, yes, even fleece.
Of course, not all were glad for the dip in degrees, the National Weather Service’s Johnny Burg said Saturday after surveying social media.
“Some people were already crying, some rejoicing,” Burg said of the changing weather.
As most of the smoke cleared out by Saturday morning, air quality was expected to be good through the weekend and beyond, according to the Puget Sound Clear Air Agency.
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Two-week forecasts show no return of smoke, the agency reported, and all burn bans are canceled through Aug. 16.
Darrington in Snohomish County could still have unhealthy air for sensitive groups, as a fire there was smoldering Saturday.
The change in conditions — the high topped out at 76 Saturday — ended a 13-day streak of temperatures over 80 degrees. And late Saturday, it was raining ever so slightly in parts of Seattle. The local forecast was calling for a chance of showers Sunday night after highs in the 70s.
If more than 1/100th of an inch of rain was measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday, that would bring an end to 56 straight days without measurable precipitation. As of 10 p.m., the record was intact. But we were moving closer to that new normal: worrying about an opioid crisis, white supremacists and threats of a nuclear war.